Saw and Cutting Accidents
Construction workers face many dangerous hazards on the job but saw and cutting tool accidents are some of the most common and the most dangerous. While construction work is difficult labor that naturally requires the use of dangerous tools, dangerous accidents involving saws and other cutting implements happen far too often. If a saw or cutting accident leaves you injured on the job, it’s time to consult with an experienced NYC workers’ compensation attorney.
Using a Saw on the Job
Saws are extremely sharp, and electric saws turn extremely quickly. Both of these factors can mean disaster in the event of an accident. On the construction site, saws are used to carry out many different tasks, including cutting wood, masonry, and metal. Whether the tool is a table saw, a handheld electric saw, or a chainsaw, they are all exceptionally powerful, and they can all do irreparable damage in an accident, including life-threatening lacerations, life-altering amputations, and even death.
Many saw and cutting accidents are caused by saws that have manufacturing defects and/or that have inadequate safety features. When you turn to a saw or other cutting tool to perform your work on the construction site, you count on it and its safety features to work the way they are supposed to. For example, if you're working with a table saw to cut piping, and the safety guard fails suddenly, you can be instantly whisked into imminent danger before you recognize what's happening.
Helping to prevent Common Saw and Cutting Accidents
A significant number of the injuries associated with saw and cutting accidents are injuries to the fingers and hands. Common examples include:
- An absent or faulty safety guard, which is intended to protect construction workers' hands from the extremely sharp and extremely fast-spinning blade
- Failure to use a push stick to clear the cutting area of debris when using a table saw (often due to missing push sticks)
- The absence of adequate safety training and/or safety equipment (including safety goggles) necessary to help keep construction workers safe from saw and cutting accidents
- Saw blades that are allowed to become dull and cause stalling, which can lead to dangerous attempts at intervention
- Dull saw blades that lead to dangerous kickbacks (rather than to safe, clean cuts)
Employers are responsible for providing their employees with quality tools, including saws and other cutting implements, for maintaining these tools in good working order; and for providing the necessary safety training and safety equipment.
Look to an Experienced New York City Workers’ Compensation Attorney for the Legal Help You Need
Saw and cutting accidents are as terrifying as they are dangerous, and if you have been injured in such an accident, the practiced workers’ compensation attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman in New York City are well prepared to help you obtain the compensation you need to successfully travel the path toward your most-complete recovery. We’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at 212-285-3300 today.